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From: TSS (pool143-218.dial-u2.hou.wt.net)
Subject: Japan Confirms Human Mad Cow Disease Case
Date: February 4, 2005 at 6:33 am PST

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Subject: Japan Confirms Human Mad Cow Disease Case
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2005 08:26:27 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
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Posted on Fri, Feb. 04, 2005

Japan Confirms Human Mad Cow Disease Case


MARI YAMAGUCHI

Associated Press

TOKYO - Japan confirmed its first human case of mad cow disease Friday
following the death of a man who had symptoms of the fatal brain-wasting
illness.

Health Ministry officials and experts from a ministry panel on the
disease were holding an emergency meeting to determine whether the man
had contracted the disease by eating infected beef.

Masahito Yamada, a panel expert, said it was likely the man contracted
the disease while living for one month in Britain - where mad cow first
surfaced - in 1989.

"We believe it is highly likely that he contracted the disease during
his visit to Britain," Yamada told reporters. "We cannot rule out the
possibility that he ate the infected parts at that time."

Tetsuyuki Kitamoto, the panel's head and a professor of medicine at
Tohoku University, said authorities would also have to investigate the
possibility he was infected in Japan.

The human variant of Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease has an incubation period
of 10 years or more. A positive diagnosis often does not occur until the
patient dies.

The ministry said the man first began to show signs of the disease in
late 2001, when he was in his 40s. He became bedridden, unable to move
or talk, and died in December.

It also said the man, who was not identified for privacy reasons, had no
history of blood transfusions - another way the disease can be transmitted.

Ministry officials consulted with British experts last year and
initially ruled out mad cow but continued to follow the man's condition.

There is no blood test to screen for the human form of the disease, nor
is there a known cure or immunization.

But the Health Ministry stressed in a statement that, under normal
circumstances, the disease is not transmitted between humans, and there
was little worry of secondary infections.

The government's top spokesman also sought to reassure the public.

"While it is necessary to investigate the cause of the infection and
possibility of secondary infection, this disease is not contagious. The
Health Ministry will conduct a thorough investigation and also make sure
that the public is properly informed," Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki
Hosoda told reporters Friday evening.

Human infections have only been confirmed or deemed probable in 167
other people worldwide, virtually all of them in Britain but also in
France, the United States, Ireland, Italy and Canada - though hundreds
of thousands of people have likely eaten contaminated beef products.

Mad cow has spread through Europe and Asia since it was found in
Britain. A fatal human form of the disease is believed to come from
eating beef products from infected cows, especially tissue close to the
animal's nervous system.

Since it was first discovered in Japan in 2001, 15 animals have been
found with the disease - known formally as bovine spongiform
encephalopathy, or BSE - but there have been no human cases.

Tokyo has checked every slaughtered cow before it entered the food
supply since finding the first infected animal. The latest suspected
case was found in October.

The government's spokesman, Hosoda, tried to ease worries that Friday's
confirmation of the human mad cow case could hamper efforts by the
United States to persuade Japan to ease its ongoing ban on U.S. beef
imports.

"Japan and the United States are negotiating on the basis of scientific
consultations," he said. "Future examinations will reflect that."

Japan banned American beef imports in December 2003 after the discovery
of the first U.S. case of mad cow disease in Washington state. At the
time, Japan was the most lucrative overseas market for American beef,
with sales exceeding $1.7 billion in 2003.

The two sides tentatively agreed late last year to resume imports of
beef products from cows younger than 21 months old but later stalled
over differences about how to authenticate the age of cattle.

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/breaking_news/10812924.htm

TSS

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